Lush - Dirty Hair Cream
I was on the lookout for more of a natural hair styling product and this was it. I paid £6.95 for my 100g pot of Dirty styling cream from my local Lush store. It can also be purchased online via the Lush website.
Dirty comes presented in a small black recycled pot and the cream itself is thick in consistency and white in colour. It smells EXACTLY like the Lush Dirty fragrance. The Dirty fragrance is made up of spearmint, tarragon, and a touch of saltiness. It is described by Lush as a masculine scent but I would describe it as quite minty and uplifting. I'm a 29 year old woman and I happen to love the scent.
The cream itself is quite thick and waxy. I use it on dry hair. I simply scoop up a small amount with my fingertips, rub the cream between my palms to "warm" it up and then distribute it on my hair. The fragrance lingers on my hair for hours after use, leaving it smelling clean and fresh. The cream helps to keep my hair in place so it stays nice and straight throughout the day. I hate my naturally frizzy hair but thanks to this hair cream I can keep the "mop" under control!
I have coloured hair and I am pleased to say that Dirty doesn't affect the colour in my hair. It also washes out easily and doesn't leave any residue on the hair after use. One tip I would give you though is to use it sparingly. If you do use too much of the cream it can feel quite sticky on the hair and getting a comb through it can be quite difficult. Using the correct amount (a SMALL amount!) tames unruly hair and keeps it looking neat and tidy.
Dirty has NOT been tested on animals and is suitable for vegans.
A good all round natural hair cream!
About a year ago, Lush introduced a new range into their stores: the Dirty range. Most of their ranges are unisex, a few are quite girly, but this was designed as more of a masculine range.
The philosophy behind the range was the idea that spearmint is an aphrodisiac, and it has been used in the range along with other fresh herbal notes. Different aspects of the scent come out in different products, and you can use one or all of them to layer the scent. The Dirty Hair Styling Cream was designed as a replacement for Lush's other hairstyling products. Though the range was designed for men, I loved the smell and wanted to try the products so bought them anyway!
The Dirty hair cream costs £6.50 for 100g, which is comparable with many other hair products out there. It is suitable for vegans and contains a variety of ingredients designed to hold your hair in place and keep it soft at the same time. Japan Wax and a polymer help to hold your hairstyle in position, while coconut oil, illipe butter and cocoa butter keep your hair soft and in good condition.
The cream smells absolutely amazing. Unlike some of the Dirty products which smell strongly of mint, this hair cream has an earthy herbal smell created by the use of a herb infusion, sandalwood oil, pine oil and oakmoss absolutes. It smells natural, like forests, and I often open the pot just to smell it, even if I'm not using it. The scent lasts on my hair for a good few hours after I apply the cream, and I often end up sniffing my hair, which I imagine looks rather odd to passers-by! The scent was designed to be masculine, to fit in with the rest of the Dirty range, but I am quite happy to use it.
The hair cream is thick, but not too much so - rather like a body lotion or moisturiser for dry skin. I have used it on both wet and dry hair. I've let my hair grow longer lately, and it's down to my shoulders. One of the things I like to do is let it dry naturally into waves, which is quick and convenient. This cream is ideal for that purpose. Normally I apply a 1p-sized piece from the middle of my hair to the ends, rubbing it between my palms and spreading it throughout my hair, which then dries naturally. I can see a definite difference in my hair compared to when I don't use the product: the waves are more defined, my hair is shinier, and I suffer from far less frizz. Having said that, the product works on my hair invisibly: no one would know unless I told them that I was using a product on my hair, as it feels completely soft and natural to the touch and doesn't look styled or fake at all. Occasionally when I want a bit more hold, for example if I'm going out, I add a tiny amount of product to the ends of my hair to keep it styled and under control. It isn't a firm hold product though so you're probably best off with a strong hairspray if you need that! I imagine someone with short hair would be able to style it fairly firmly with this product, but my longer hair is heavier. The cream doesn't make my hair greasy at all, which is good as it means I still only have to wash it every couple of days, even after using this product on the first day.
Only a small amount of hair cream is needed at a time, so my pot is lasting ages. Because it is one of Lush's traditional black pots, I will be able to get every last scrap out, and then once I've used it up, I can put the pot towards Lush's 'bring back 5 pots and get a free fresh face mask' offer.
Lush claim that this hair cream holds styles in place with a matte, natural finish, keeping hair soft and in good condition, with a fragrance designed to last on the hair for hours. It fulfils every one of its claims and I highly recommend it. I intend to purchase another pot when this one runs out and it gets a full five stars from me.